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What would happen if a person was intravenously injected with distilled water instead of isotonic saline?
And how would haemolysis rates change of a person who hand sickle cell disease?

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It would be disastrous. RBCs would explode within the blood resulting in severe anemia. Why would there be such massive hemolysis? RBCs are hypertonic to distilled water. Therefore, there is a higher concentration of water in distilled water than there is in RBCs. According to the law of osmosis, water flows from an area of high concentration to an area of low concentration. In this case, water ...

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